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PRO BASKETBALL—New York's Bernard King scored a career-high 52 points in a 119-100 defeat of Indiana to set a single-game Madison Square Garden record. Against the Pacers, King defied double-and triple-teaming to lead the Knicks to their fifth straight win. New York also beat Golden State 106-101, Cleveland 109-101 and Detroit 120-97 as King scored 28, 40 and 45 points, respectively. But Knick coach Hubie Brown and his one-man band of renown are still no threat to Boston, which won all three of its games and padded its lead in the Atlantic Division to 2� games over Philadelphia. Denver, winner of eight in a row, beat Seattle 124-114, the Los Angeles Clippers 112-106 and Philly 114-110 to move into first in the Midwest Division, 1� games ahead of Houston. The Los Angeles Lakers rode a seven-game win streak to the top of the Pacific Division. L.A. beat Phoenix 130-108 and 102-97 as the Suns sank from first to third. The Lakers also knocked off the Clippers 108-103 (page 32) before losing to Seattle 105-94. Milwaukee, 2-1 on the week, defeated Chicago 108-98 and pulled two games ahead of the second-place Bulls in the Central Division.
BOWLING—GUPPY TROUP defeated top-seeded Norm Duke 236-181 to win a $150,000 PBA tournament in Columbus, Ohio.
BOXING—KHAOSAI GALAXY knocked out Eusebio Espinal in the sixth round to win the vacant WBA junior bantamweight crown in Bangkok.
CROSS-COUNTRY—At the NCAA championship in University Park, Pa., ED EYESTONE of Brigham Young ran the men's 10,000-meter course in 29:28.8 to defeat Richard O'Flynn of Providence by 6.7 seconds and win the individual title; Arkansas won the men's team crown; and CATHY BRANTA of Wisconsin covered the women's 5,000-meter course in 16:15.6 to beat Shelly Steely of Florida by 6.6 seconds, win the women's individual title and lead the Badgers to the team title.
Pat Porter won his third straight men's national title, running the 10,000-meter course in 28:06 to beat John Easker by eight seconds; and Branta defeated defending champion Betty Springs by seven seconds to win the 5,000-meter women's race in 15:19, in Boston (page 53).
PRO FOOTBALL—Dallas beat New England 20-17 on Thanksgiving but could not break away from the other leaders in the NFC East as New York edged Kansas City 28-27 and Washington defeated Buffalo 41-14. The Cowboys sacked Patriot quarterback Tony Eason 10 times. The Giants, behind 27-14 early in the fourth quarter, drove 90 and 80 yards for TDs, the second coming on a three-yard pass from Phil Simms to Zeke Mowatt with 2:22 left. The Redskins' Joe Theismann completed 26 of 33 throws for 311 yards against the Bills. Neil O'Donoghue kicked a 44-yard field goal with eight seconds remaining to lift St. Louis past Philadelphia 17-16 and keep the Cardinals one game behind in the NFC East. New Orleans defeated Pittsburgh 27-24 early in the week, but Mark Malone threw four touchdowns, three of them to John Stallworth, as the Steelers bounced back to beat San Diego 52-24 and maintain a two-game lead in the AFC Central. Charger Charlie Joiner, with six catches in the second half, surpassed Charley Taylor as the NFL's alltime receiving leader, with 651 receptions. San Francisco clinched the NFC West title by routing New Orleans 35-3. The 49ers sacked Saint quarterbacks eight times. Linebacker Todd Shell had two sacks and also returned a fourth-quarter interception 53 yards for a touchdown. Chicago, champion of the NFC Central, clinched its first title of any sort since 1963 with a 34-3 win over Minnesota. The Bear defense, best in the league, held the Vikings to 161 yards. In other games, the Rams edged Tampa Bay 34-33; Cincinnati beat Atlanta 35-14; Detroit defeated Green Bay 31-28; Cleveland ripped Houston 27-10; and the Raiders knocked off Indianapolis 21-7. Seattle defeated Denver 27-24 and pulled into a tie with the Broncos for first in the AFC West (page 14).
HOCKEY—Philadelphia beat Boston 4-3 and Buffalo 4-2 and tied Hartford 4-4 as goalie Pelle Lindbergh ran his unbeaten streak to 12 games. For the season, Lindbergh, a goalie for Sweden's bronze medal Olympic team in 1980, has allowed just 2.59 goals a game, best in the league. The Flyers hold a three-point lead on the Islanders, who were 3-0 on the week, in the Patrick Division. While Philly won with defense, Smythe Division-leading Edmonton won without it. The Oilers beat Winnipeg 7-5 and St. Louis 7-6. Montreal, the Adams Division pacesetter, lost to hapless Toronto 6-4 and then beat Chicago 3-2 and Detroit 6-4 before falling to Boston 7-4. The Canadiens' Guy Carbonneau scored two goals and added an assist against the Black Hawks, and Mats Naslund had a hat trick against the Red Wings. Chicago, 1-3 on the week, edged Boston 2-1 as rookie goaltender Warren Skorodenski of the Norris Division-leading Black Hawks stopped 37 Bruin shots.
INDOOR SOCCER—Minnesota beat St. Louis 2-1 and displaced the Steamers atop the Eastern Division. Las Vegas beat Chicago 8-5, then suffered a 7-3 loss to Kansas City, which dropped the Americans into a tie for first place with San Diego in the West.